Dental Emergencies Involved with Pediatric Dentistry and Preventive Measures

Dental Emergencies Involved with Pediatric Dentistry and Preventive Measures

Sep 01, 2020

Other than the usual dental care routine procedures, pediatrics also offer habit counseling on behaviors that could improve your child’s dental hygiene and wellness. They also play a huge role in your child’s general health since they can diagnose oral conditions that are associated with diseases such as asthma, heart defects, or diabetes.

Dental Emergencies Your Child Could Have

The following are some of the dental emergencies we handle at Dental Care Antioch.

Knocked-Out Tooth

With a knocked-out tooth, if possible, locate the fallen tooth and lift it by its crown. Rinse the tooth with water, and don’t scrub it. If the tooth is not fractured, try to place it back on its socket. Have your child hold on it by biting the clean gauze or cloth you should place on the affected area.

If the tooth could not be placed back on its socket, soak the tooth in your child’s saliva or some milk. Your child can also carry the tooth on the inside of his cheek if they are old enough.

If the tooth is fractured, leaving some of its parts in the socket, contact your dentist immediately for more information.

Fractured Jaws

Broken jaws can be very painful. Press an ice pack on the affected area to reduce the chances of swelling. Make sure you prevent the jaws from moving. Rush to the emergency room or contact the pediatric dentist for emergency service. Provide your child with a cloth in case they start drooling.

Chipped Tooth

With a chipped tooth, time is vital if a permanent tooth is to be saved. First, make your child rinses their mouth with warm water and place an ice pack on the affected side to prevent swelling. If possible, carry the broken piece with you to the kids’ dentist. Immediate care is required to avoid the risk of infection.

For a primary tooth, don’t hesitate to rush to our emergency room at Overland Park, KS.

Toothaches

A toothache may be due to a stacked food particle between the teeth or an underlying condition. Before rushing to your child’s dentist, clean the affected area, and rinse your mouth using warm salty water.

Use dental floss or brush the affected area gently if the pain is as a result of an impacted food particle. Do not place aspirin or a heating pad on the affected tooth or gum. If the pain persists and your face is starting to swell, place an ice pack on the affected side, and call the pediatric dentist.

Preventive Dentistry Measures for Your Child

Some of the preventive dentistry measures for children include:

Use of Mouth Guard

As soon as your child starts to be active in the outdoor games, be sure to visit their dentist for them to get customized mouth guards. They protect your children’s teeth from fracturing and injury to their jaws and lips. A well-fit mouth guard makes it easier for them to breathe and talk.

Sealants

Most cavities in children appear in their molars and premolars. Dental sealants are used to cover the deep ridges that cannot be properly cleaned by a toothbrush.

Fluoride Toothpaste

Despite fluoride playing a huge role in preventing tooth decay and strengthening the enamel, in small kids, it can have some disadvantages. Follow the pediatrics advice on how to use fluoride toothpaste.

Sport Drinks

They contain acids that could dissolve a fluoride-rich enamel. This could lead to dental cavities. Make your child drink water before and after playing a game for hydration.

Healthy Diet

A healthy diet will ensure that your child has healthy teeth. You should avoid giving your child snacks to reduce the risk of tooth decay. Choose foods that are highly nutritious for your child.

Brushing and Flossing

Before the primary teeth develop on your child’s gum, you should clean their gums using a clean, soft cloth with warm water. Using a small smear sized toothpaste brush your child’s teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush. When they are between the age of 2-5, increase the paste to pea-size. Make sure they don’t swallow the paste. Flossing should begin after two teeth start to touch.